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Who are the best celebrity advisors on 'The Voice'?

Battle rounds are here on The Voice, and Nick Jonas has proven to be a great addition. The “Jealous” singer and Kingdom star arrived and immediately began assisting Team Christina with specific, straightforward feedback about how they could improve their performances. It was clear that he was paying attention to the singers and really wanted to get the best out of them. Which led us to a thought: Who have been the best celebrity advisors on The Voice?

The advisors don’t get a lot of love, because they’re not on the show for very long. They help the coaches through the battle rounds and then are never heard from again (unless you’re Pharrell and get promoted to your own big red chair). But they’ve been some pretty big names, too, and they do their part to assist the singers and keep viewers interested. In fact, there are some of them who’d probably make good coaches if Adam, Blake or Christina ever need a fill-in.

Season eight has also brought back Lionel Richie, who previously served as one of the advisors for Team Christina in season two. He was gangbusters back then—four of the six artists he was responsible for won their battles—and he’s still a valuable resource this time around, when he’s working with Team Pharrell. The combination of Pharrell with Richie, aside from the 15 Grammy Awards between them, is fascinating to watch: They don’t just give feedback, they explain why they’re giving it. Plus, neither of them seems to get ruffled by anything, keeping their singers comfortable even as they’re providing constructive criticism.

It’s super-easy to see why NBC sought Pharrell as a coach when you look back at how he advised Team Usher in season four. He’s the same way no matter what his job title is—cool, collected and very deliberate in what he says. Something that’s come to the forefront now that he’s a coach is just how supportive Pharrell is of the artists. He wants them to move forward in the competition, but he also really cares about their feelings and their futures after the show. He reminds us that this might be TV for us, but for these singers it’s their hopes and dreams. There may be no one who’s ever given a better pep talk on The Voice than Pharrell.

Kelly Clarkson assisted Team Blake in season two, and having both Kelly and Miranda Lambert was a pretty big plus. Both of them had previous singing competition experience—Kelly with American Idol and Miranda on Nashville Star—so they weren’t just advising the artists on how to sing better, but they could also coach from the perspective of someone who’d been where these people were. The proof of their success was in the pudding: Kelly advised the season’s winner, Jermaine Paul, while Miranda was invited back to mentor Team Shakira in season six. If her husband ever decides to give up his coaching seat, Miranda should be tops on the list to take over.

And though we’d hope Adam Levine never leaves The Voice, if he does, the first person we’re calling is Team Adam’s season five advisor, Ryan Tedder. Aside from fronting OneRepublic, Tedder is one of the biggest songwriters and producers working right now, and NBC actually recruited him to serve as an in-house producer in season five, when he co-wrote Tessanne Chin’s winner’s song, “Tumbling Down.” Like Pharrell, he was a full-service mentor—able to speak as a writer, producer, and performer—and he never settled when it came to rehearsals. He also worked well with Levine; the two felt like a team, and not just two smart guys in a room giving separate opinions.

Last but not least on our list is Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas, who joined Team Cee Lo in season three. That seemed like a strange combination, but Thomas was able to work with the whole gamut of Cee Lo’s eclectic roster, from understated folks like eventual third-place finisher Nicholas David to the big performers, such as fan favorite Cody Belew. No matter what genre an artist wanted to be or what they saw for themselves, Thomas had something up his sleeve to help them. Plus, he brought his own wit and charm to an already lively team.

Ultimately, the advisors that stick in our minds are the ones who aren’t afraid to speak theirs. They’re the artists who don’t just suggest a change here or a tweak there, but really jump into the role of mentor and provide feedback that will last the singers beyond the battle rounds and into whatever happens afterward. Many contestants talk about joining The Voice to learn from the show’s superstar coaches, but they can pick up a lot from the advisors, too. And while NBC has been bullish about courting the “biggest names in music,” they’ve done a great job of making sure those big names are also worth watching.

Who do you think have been the best advisors on The Voice? Is there anyone you’d like to see as an advisor in a future season? Let us know, and check out this season’s advisors—Jonas, Richie, Meghan Trainor and Ellie Goulding—in action this week.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7C on NBC.

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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